Rita Maggart, Charcoal Artist

Joe Elmore profiles a portrait artist who captures her models in plain old charcoal.

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Portraiture is an art form whose roots go back thousands of years ago to ancient Egypt. Today portraits are created mostly with paint or photography. Rita Maggart is a portrait artist who’s medium is none other than plain and simple charcoal.

Joe Elmore has been the host of this Emmy-award winning series since its beginnings. As the face of Tennessee Crossroads, Joe has been taking viewers to meet interesting people and explore fascinating out-of-the-way places since 1987. Joe is also a producer and co-host of Horsepower TV on Spike TV. Joe launched his TV career at WHBQ TV in Memphis, TN, where he served as weekend anchor and reporter. Later, he was chosen to co-host the station's PM Magazine show, where he produced nationally-broadcast stories. He has also done extensive work as an independent film and video producer for clients throughout the Southeast.

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